No Somos Criminales
May 1, 2006 March in Portland, OR, USA
My legs are tired. My brain is tired. I’m laughing though.
I went with a neighbor from El Salvador and two other friends from Chile and her son. We caught athe 14 bus and then walked over to SW Mill and SW Park on the PSU campus. We arrived around noon just in time to hear the last speaker or two and then begin the march.
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This isn’t directed at YOU 🙂 but rather, those of us who claim to want to change things and the issues that aren’t dealt with:
Why is the focus “illegal immigration” when we have an illegal President, an illegal government, a warmongering, military? My objection is that implicit in the marches is that SOMEBODY else is going to step in and solve the problem. A protest is designed to “demonstrate.” Demonstrate to who? Who is the object that is being appealed to?
I ask this because if you don’t have a master or a superior, or a parent who will do it for you — then you do it for yourself. You become the leader, the legislator, the police officer, the policy maker. And you arrest the “criminals” who are stealing your country blind.
The majority of folks – activists, lefties, progressives – are children who do not BELIEVE that they have the right to take their country back. Until WE believe, our marches will not be inspiration, but delusion, delusional. They will continue to raise, then lower the hopes and spririts of people until, even a march will be too much work. History is a good teacher of what real change means in times like these. Its unfortunate that so few have read and understood it.
A good beginning is the history of the resistance of (some) of the French to Nazis overruning their country. We have the same problem:
The men and women of these resistance groups risked everything for their beliefs. In order to become a member of the French resistance groups they went under many tests of character. One being to see if they would kill a fellow member thought to be a traitor. The gun would be empty but the test was to see if they would pull the trigger. These tests of character were incredibly important to the cause. Members had to be strong willed and not driven by pure emotion, meaning that their emotions could not get in the way of reaching their goal. Many were put on the hit lists of the Gestapo, but that did not stop them; their need for the killing to end just grew stronger.
The members of the resistance groups are heroes. Not only do survivors owe them their lives but their children and generations to come shall remember their heroic deeds.
Will generations to come remember us for our heroic deeds or our cowardly ones?